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Banana Instant Pot Cake Recipes — Easy Instant Pot Cakes

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Since purchasing my Instant Pot, I've tried out plenty of savory recipes, meat that falls off the bone, soups, stews, beans, and more. After getting several recipes under my belt, I decided to venture into the realm of the sweet and make this Instant Pot Banana Cake. It's like banana bread in a cake pan. We used overripe bananas for the best results.

This is one Banana Instant Pot cake recipe that doesn't need a special occasion. The best cake is one that is served whenever you want it.

Top it with delicious cream cheese frosting to make it an A+ dessert. This adds such a great flavor. You really won't regret it. You have the perfect dessert ready next time you make a family dinner.

Haven't you made a dessert in your pressure cooker? There is a first time for everything. Or bread? There are so many things you can make in your Instant Pot that you probably wouldn't think of.

From proofing dough for pizza crust or French bread to making yogurt to making part of your Thanksgiving dinner--learning to cook in an Instant Pot can be life-changing.

There are plenty of recipes for Instant Pot cakes, but this Instant Pot Banana Cake is quick and easy. The combination of bananas, heavy cream, and brown sugar makes our banana bread Instant Pot recipe rich and tasty.

Whether you call it a quick bread or a delicious moist cake, either way, you'll love the banana flavor for this easy recipe. Use extra bananas and slice them up on top of the cake.

How to Make Instant Pot Banana Cake

Baking our easy banana cake recipe in your Instant Pot takes roughly the same time as in an oven. However, the temperature is lower when steaming. This is because moist air transfers heat more effectively.

Now, to store the leftover cake (if you have any), you can use plastic wrap or an airtight container for the leftovers. Keeping the banana cake wrapped up well ensures you have a moist banana cake when you're ready for another slice. A great way to serve leftover bread is to pop it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to heat it slightly.

I store applesauce cake like this all the time, too. Slice it up, wrap it in plastic wrap, and then store it in an airtight container, ready for lunches or an on-the-go snack. And yes, sometimes I make homemade applesauce from scratch and then use it to make this cake. If you love banana bread or banana cake, this is another you'll want to try.

Now, if you whip up banana bread in jars, you can add a lid after the bread cools, and it will be ready in an airtight container.

Mixing up the cake batter is as easy as possible if you have a mixer with a paddle attachment (or a hand mixer). You'll have the best banana cake recipe whipped up in no time. Get the full recipe in the recipe card below.

Ingredients Used In This Step-By-Step Banana Bread Recipe

Is this a healthy banana bread recipe? It calls for less sugar than a traditional banana cake recipe, making it a healthier option.

However, consider the butter and sugar content when considering this as a healthy banana cake option. We have many super healthy Instant Pot recipes available, like our Chicken Noodle Soup and Asparagus Frittata.


  • butter
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • eggs
  • bananas
  • heavy cream
  • vanilla extract
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt

You'll want to make this banana bread. 6 bananas are needed to double the recipe and make a layered banana cake.

Is Banana Bread a Dessert?

Banana Instapot bread uses ripe bananas. It can be served as either a piece of bread or dessert. Usually, banana bread and a smear of butter are served as a snack or breakfast.

However, you can dress up banana bread cake with frosting, butterscotch, caramel syrup, a scoop of ice cream, or chocolate chips and nuts. Any of those would make banana bread a fine dessert.

Can You Make Banana Bread In A Cake Pan?

Yes, you can bake bread in Instant Pot cake pans. You could use a loaf pan that fits in the Instant Pot or even Instant Pot egg bite molds and make banana bread bites. There are many possibilities for cooking banana bread in the Instant Pot.

Difference Between Banana Bread vs Instant Pot Banana Cake

Banana cake is typically cakier and lighter than banana bread. The cake is a moist and airy baked dessert. On the other hand, banana bread is denser and heavier.

This banana bread cake is denser, so you could more aptly refer to it as sweet bread. Whichever you call it, it is a tasty treat to make.

How to Fix Wet Banana Bread

If you use too many bananas, your banana bread might be wet in the middle. This would allow more moisture into the bread batter, and the ratio of wet to dry ingredients would be off.

Thankfully, this is a pretty easy problem and doesn't happen frequently. You could rescue the bread in the oven by preheating the oven to 350 and baking for 10-20 minutes, checking after 10 minutes for doneness. Or, you could put the bread back in the Instant Pot for another 5 minutes on high pressure and then check for doneness. Add another 5 minutes if it isn't done.

How Do You Bake a Cake in the Instant Pot?

It might seem strange to steam a cake, but the results are amazingly moist and rich. In many places around the world, an oven isn't a standard appliance in the kitchen.

Quit thinking about how you can make bread in an Instant Pot and deeply dive into this cooking wonder with this tasty Instant Pot bread recipe.

Rather than baking a cake in a Western-style oven,  use a steaming method to "bake" all cakes and bread types. This is the same method for our applesauce cake and cheesecake recipes.

You must do some prep work to "bake" a cake in an Instant Pot. First, you need a baking dish that fits inside your pot.

The size will depend on your Instant Pot model, but we recommend a 2 to 3-quart soufflé dish or mold for this recipe. And, just as you do in traditional baking, ensure you thoroughly grease the dish.

Next, prep a steam bath by placing warm water and a trivet in the bottom of the pot. Once the cake mixture is ready, pour it into your dish and place it on the trivet inside the Instant Pot.

How To Make High Altitude Banana Bread

Cooking a cake or banana bread at high altitude requires some minor adjustments. You must increase the cooking time by 5% for every 1000 feet of elevation starting at 3000 feet.

So, 3000 feet, add 5%. 4,000 feet, add 10%. And so on.

A Tip to Make Removing Your Instant Pot Banana Cake Easier

Once your cake is steamed, removing it from the pot can be tricky. One way to make this easier is by making a sling out of foil to allow the mold to be lifted out of the Instant Pot.

Follow these 3 steps to make the sling:

  1. Tear off a piece of foil long enough to wrap around the bottom of your mold and go up the sides.
  2. Fold the foil in thirds on the long end, making a wide, three-piece-thick foil strip.
  3. Place this sling under the mold, allowing it up the sides.

When your cake is finished steaming, you can use this sling to pull the cake out of the Instant Pot easily.

Instant Pot Banana Cake

Supplies Used To Make Instant Pot Banana Cake

How To Make Instant Pot Banana Cake

Follow these easy directions below to learn how to make this simple homemade banana bread recipe.

Step By Step Easy Banana Bread Recipe

Blend mashed bananas, butter and sugars, eggs, heavy cream, and vanilla extract in a blender.

Combine flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Pour in the blended mixture.

Spoon into a 2 to 3-quart soufflé dish, mold, or prepared loaf pan that will fit into your Instant Pot.

Place a small trivet (or fashion a little “ring” from aluminum foil) in the Instant Pot (when making cakes or pot-in-pot recipes) and add 1 ½ cups of water. Then, set the baking dish on the trivet.

How To Cook Banana Bread

Cooking banana bread is somewhat different from how long it takes to bake it. With this recipe, you'll place the bread in the Instant pot and then, close the lid and set the pressure valve to sealing. Set on a manual high-pressure cooking time of 60 minutes.

Allow for a natural pressure release for 15 minutes, then let the rest of the pressure out if any remains. Use hot pads and the trivet handles to lift the cake dish out. Set on a wire rack to cool.

Let the bread cool completely; it should quickly release onto a plate for serving. If you want, you could fry bananas to add to the top of the banana bread.

How To Tell When Banana Bread Is Done

It's easy to see how to know when banana bread is done with a kitchen thermometer. Instant Pot banana bread is finished when it reaches an internal temperature of 200°F.

Most people use a toothpick to check for doneness, and you can certainly do that. But, the thermometer method is a highly accurate way to test doneness.

How Much Does Banana Bread Rise

Banana bread will double in size once cooked or baked in a loaf pan. You want to ensure not overmix the batter before putting it in the pressure cooker. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl after you add each egg and gently mix.

How Long Do You Cook Banana Bread Cake

Banana bread cooking time in the Instant Pot is 60 minutes. While this might not seem more time-saving than baking, you won't need to heat your oven. This is a huge help when you don't want to heat the house in the summer.

Cooking banana recipes like this pressure cooker cake is convenient in the Instant Pot.

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Yield: 8 Servings

Instant Pot Banana Cake — Easy Instant Pot Cake Recipe

Instant Pot Banana Cake — Easy Instant Pot Cake Recipe

Instant Pot Banana Cake is quick and easy with plenty of bananas, heavy cream and brown sugar to make it rich and tasty.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  1. Blend together bananas, butter, sugars, eggs, heavy cream and vanilla extract in blender.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, soda, and salt together and pour in the blended mixture.
  3. Spoon in to a 2 to 3-quart soufflé dish or mold (sprayed with non-stick cooking spray) that will fit into your Instant Pot.
  4. Place a small trivet (or fashion a little “ring” from aluminum foil) in the Instant Pot, add 1 ½ cups of water, and then place the baking dish on the trivet.
  5. Close lid and set valve to sealing. Set on a manual high pressure cooking time of 60 minutes.
  6. Allow for a natural pressure release for 15 minutes, and then let the rest of the pressure out if there is any remaining. Use hot pads and the trivet handles to lift the cake dish out of the pressure cooker and set on a wire rack to cool.
  7. Once the cake has cooled, it should easily release onto a plate for serving.


Top this banana bread with cream cheese frosting for a twist.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 454Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 117mgSodium 477mgCarbohydrates 64gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 2gSugar 30gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 7g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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